Michelle Cooper, MPT, BScEd Women's Pelvic Health Physical Therapist
My practice focus is Women’s Pelvic Health Physical Therapy with an emphasis in pelvic pain and orthopedic physical therapy. I have 20 years of experience working in Nebraska, Texas, and Canada. My pelvic health training allows me to treat women’s pelvic floor issues such as bladder, bowel, pre/post natal, sexual, and pelvic pain conditions. Training in orthopedics allows me to assess and treat the spine, pelvis, and hips which are closely related to the pelvic floor. My specialized training in treating persistent pain includes pain education, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, central nervous system techniques, plus a biopsychosocial approach utilizing Yoga, Qi Gong, Somatics, and Mindfulness. My practice combines compassion and understanding while treating the patient as a whole utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach when indicated.
Why Women’s Pelvic Health Physical Therapy?
Bladder, bowel, sexual, and pelvic pain condition have a significant impact on women’s quality life including social isolation, embarrassment, and a decrease in physical function and exercise.
- 1 in 4 women suffer from incontinence issues
- 1 in 4 women report pain with intercourse
- 1 in 7 women have pelvic pain
Just because these issues are common for women does not mean they are “normal.” There is no need to suffer because there is something you can do about it!
Examples of Women’s Pelvic Health Concerns:
- Bladder and bowel function: incontinence, urgency, constipation, anal fissures, voiding difficulty, pre & post op care
- Prolapse: bladder, uterus, and bowel
- Pelvic pain: orthopedic and gynecologic conditions, sacroiliac/low back/hip pain, abdominal pain, post abdominal & pelvic surgery, childbirth
- Pre and Post Natal Pelvic Care: pubic symphysis dysfunction, diastasic recti, low back, hip, & sacroiliac joint dysfunction, coccyx pain
- Pain with intercourse
Research has proven that pelvic floor muscle training should be the first line of defense against stress and urge urinary incontinence before surgical intervention or medication.
What Can You Expect from a Women’s Pelvic Health Physical Therapist?
Each assessment is one hour and treatment is 30 minutes to one hour in a private room. Assessment of the spine, hips, breathing pattern, nervous system, and pelvic floor will determine the specific program designed for you.
Treatment will include education so you can understand your body and what you can do to help yourself as well as how we will work together to reach your goals. I will work with you to design a treatment plan that fits into your lifestyle that could include core coordination, behavioral modifications, myofascial techniques, breathing exercises, neural and joint mobilizations, flexibility/strengthening exercises, nervous system techniques, and a progressive home exercise program.
I utilize a biopsychosocial approach and use yoga, Qi Gong, Somatics, and Mindfulness when appropriate and helpful. I do believe a multidisciplanary team approach is essential.